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MacMillan, James: Nunc Dimittis (2000) 8'
for SATB choir and organ

Music Text

1962 Book of Common Prayer (E)

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Repertoire Note

Choral level of difficulty: 2-3 (5 greatest)



MacMillan’s large-scale festival setting of the Nunc Dimittis, commissioned by Winchester Cathedral, can be performed with organ or orchestra. The choral style is simple and often homophonic - unusual for the composer. Much of the elaboration of the textual imagery occurs in the introspective, Messiaen-tinged non-choral episodes, evoking evening and birdsong. The Nunc Dimittis starts wonderfully with very low bass notes portraying the elderly Simeon. It builds to a huge and exciting climax and ends with the basses’ low notes once more.

Repertoire note by Paul Spicer

Recommended Recording

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / BBC Singers / John Scott
Chandos CHAN9997 

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